June Plein Air - all day
The focus of this 'open air' course will be painting flowers and gardens, but the first morning we'll spend in class, practising the plein air approach (bring a floral photo reference) as well as checking gear and supplies.“En Plein Air” refers to painting or sketching in the great outdoors, with a goal of either complete paintings or field studies, perhaps for later studio reference. Tom Thomson's small oil studies often achieved both. Of course the challenge of plein air painting is time – getting it down before the light changes.Although it may never become our usual way of working, it's still one of the best ways to develop both our painting skills and our ability to make quicker artistic judgments, such as seeing value shapes and masses, simplifying for composition (deciding what's important and what to eliminate), mixing the right colours, and nailing down the shadows. (You can always bring your camera just in case!). This course is open to all students, in all mediums. We plan to be on location all day, but you're welcome to join us for morning or afternoon if you'd prefer. I'll appreciate any suggestions for locations, as most of you know the area better than I do. It would be good to have 'facilities' nearby, especially in town (less cover!). We can plan for unfriendly weather closer to the time. KSOA will be our initial meeting place for each session of this course. Make sure your kit is “stripped down” and portable and that you include a hat, a portable chair or stool, your camera and lunch. I'm planning for easy-access locations. Let's arrange for as much car-pooling as possible, for the company and for easier parking. Thursdays 9:30 - 4, 4 weeks starting June 9th.